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By smith.andrew ·
I have a problem with a 1Ghz Athlon Computer. The computer is turned on continuosly, with the monitor turned off when not in use. After running for a fortnight or the system freezes and the monitor says that their is 'no signal'. After turing the system off it takes around 5 hours before the system will restart. It also has been freezing with simple commands like connecting to the Internet and will sometimes spontainously reboot but not completely restart. These problems are becoming more and more frequent.

Any suggestions??

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by rgrowcock In reply to System Crash Problems

What type of OS are you using? My guess is Windows, so I'll give you a couple of things to look for.

1. Check your power settings in the control panel. If your system is going into sleep or hibernation, it may not be waking up correctly. The system may be set to turn off the monitor or hard drive after X number of hours. This is a "default" of newer Windows OSes, "turn monitor off after 20 minutes of inactivity." I've had this problem on a ME machine, as well as a 2000 box; disabled "sleep" and the problems went away.

2. Windows seems to do "wierd" things when left on for more than a couple of days. The memory buffers get clogged with MS stuff and a user will actually notice a slow down in the performance. Rebooting every couple of days or so seems to keep this from happening.

3. If this is a mission-critical box, think about going to Linux if that is a possibility. I've had a Linux box on for months on end with no problems. I've even heard of people that have hadLinux running for years without a reboot and having no problems.

Hope this gives you a direction to start in.

Roger

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by smith.andrew In reply to System Crash Problems

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by nikki96 In reply to System Crash Problems

In addition to the above, check your power supply and fans to be sure the box is getting the power it needs continuously and is being kept at the right temperature. Most of our windows systems here needed extra fans put in if we leave them on (servers), as the out-of-the-box config just didn't cut it. Also check that the processor temp is OK. It may need a separate cooling fan if it doesn't have one.

Nikki

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by Alpha-Male In reply to System Crash Problems

Sounds like the system is overheating to me...the one thing that would definitely happen while it's powered down for 5 hours is that it would cool off. The lockups could be attributed to this as well.

First off, check your temperature on the CPUif your system offers this feature. Another thing to definitely look at is the voltage being given to your CPU. I have seen many MANY systems that autodetect voltage assign too much to Athlon processors and cause them to run hot (or fail). Check this carefully and make sure it's set right. This was particularly common with the earlier Athlons (like the 1 Ghz).

If it is correct, try adding a high quality CPU cooling fan (and perhaps an extra case fan) to your system.

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by smith.andrew In reply to System Crash Problems

Thanks for all your help, but have discovered the problem as the Motherboard just died.

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